GP hotline four times pricier than a VMO

The claim comes as rural GPs also blasted the government over its handling of rural health in a series of submissions to a senate inquiry into factors affecting supply of health services and medical professionals in rural areas.

RDAA president Dr Paul Mara said the government’s claim last week that the $40 million helpline had prevented 20,000 presentations in the first six months equated to one presentation every six to seven days at each of the country’s 737 public acute hospitals.

“The government’s